Moved the first post into here after ading the final:
Last week I started making sketches for this challenge and produced several sheets of "okay" sketches, but none was great. Eventually an idea struck me - buildings made from ancient gigantic temple ruins would look cool; but it didn't fit with the mood and lighting I knew I wanted, so I rearranged the basic idea to something more suited. I've been dabbling with the idea of fallen titans for some time, and will try and create my final around that.
These are the very first sketches from my sketchbook, with pencils and ink pens. Next, exploring colour schemes. Input is welcome!
Good luck everybody!
I chose one of the thumbnails and fiddled with the composition some more, lowering the horizon, adding atmospheric perspective and shoving the focal point around. It remained on one of the thirds, and I think I'll leave it there. Then I worked some more on the general impression.
Then I tried some colour schemes. I had this idea of golden greens and a sunset mood; tried some more "garish" colour combinations nonetheless. I like the purple and pink on top, but I think I'll stick with more muted colours and use either the greens from the start or the reds from the second colour idea.
I wonder if making the titans mechs, but the floating stones fantasy, fulfils the demand to stick with either fantasy or scifi. I mean, the ruins and new structures don't have to be the same, right?